Deborah Jonsson, APR, of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and Gulf Coast Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) recently earned professional public relations accreditation, and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR).

Jonsson joins the more than 4,300 active public relations professionals worldwide who represent an elite group of highly skilled professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards, including 32 in southwest Florida.

Jonsson is the public relations manager at Avow, a nonprofit organization serving Collier County residents suffering from serious and terminal illness and loss. She is an active member of both FPRA and PRSA. She has served on the Gulf Coast Chapter PRSA board since 2012 and will assume the role of president in 2015. She prepared for the APR exam through FPRA student sessions. Jonsson studied fine arts at Nazareth College of Rochester and earned a Certificate in Public Relations from Rochester Institute of Technology.

To earn accreditation, candidates must pass an oral presentation and rigorous written examination administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), which is an alliance of eight national and statewide professional associations dedicated to furthering the field of public relations and the development of public relations professionals. FPRA is a member of the UAB.

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